Alex Lees has set his sights on reclaiming his England place after signing a new three-year contract with Durham.
Lees, who has been dropped from the Test team for the forthcoming tour of Pakistan, has agreed to remain at the Seat Unique Riverside until the end of the 2025 season.
The 29-year-old headed to the north east after leaving his home county Yorkshire in 2018 and flourished enough to earn a first call-up to the international arena.
Zak Crawley is currently the incumbent at the top of the order, despite some patchy form of his own, with the likes of Keaton Jennings and Ben Duckett also travelling for the three-match series in Pakistan.
“I am delighted to re-sign for the club, and I am looking forward to pursuing some silverware and regaining my place in the Test team,” he said.
The club’s director of cricket, Marcus North, said: “To have Alex commit his future to Durham is brilliant news for the club. His performances on the field and contributions behind the scenes have been outstanding.
“We look forward to Alex continuing to be central to our success over the next few years and beyond.”